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Les « marques d'envie » : métaphysique et embryologie chez Descartes

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This paper explores the interaction between medicine and metaphysics in modern natural philosophy and especially in Descartes' philosophy. I argue that Descartes' hypothetical account of birthmarks in connection with his embryology provides an argumentative proof of the metaphysical necessity of a substantial union between mind and body, which however does not threaten his doctrine of the real distinction between these two substances. It would appear that his argument relies on a temporal conception of alethic modalities and provides a new answer to Henricus Regius who in 1641 claimed that, for Descartes, the human being is an ens per accidens.

Affiliations: 1: Aix-Marseille Université, département de philosophie, 29 avenue Robert Schuman, 13621 Aix-en-Provence;, Email: lynda.gaudemard@univ-provence.fr

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2012-06-01
2016-12-09

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